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London, Leicester Square Theatre
14th November 2011


According to a quote from the Sunday Times, the Leicester Square Theatre is "an unquestionably groovy place to be". The same could be said about the mind of Glenn Hughes. Here's a man who reached the dizzy heights of success and fame with Deep Purple, only to go on and lead a destructive life lost in cocaine addiction that would last for over two decades. Thankfully, Hughes not only managed to turn his life around and live to tell the tale, but also stayed on top of the game and kept one of the best voices known to mankind. He now has a work schedule that sees him busier than ever before.


Billed as 'An Evening With Glenn Hughes', the man was here tonight to play his first official solo acoustic gig and to read extracts from his new autobiography. 'From Deep Purple To Black Country Communion'. Introduced by co-author Joel McIver, Hughes soon banished any backstage nerves and played a highly enjoyable set that pleased all Glenn Hughes' anorak and connoisseur fans. He performed songs in their stripped-down form, mostly in chronological order, with many latterday songs from his solo years featuring lyrics about his 'lost' years.

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Opening with five numbers from his first major band Trapeze, a gentleman in front of me let out a climactic sigh as if he just had sex for the first time, after Hughes masterfully sang the dreamy 'Coast To Coast'. I also had to politely tell another gentleman to my right to "sssh!", as he was enthusiastically singing along to every word. There was only one man's voice I wanted to hear. At times, I felt Hughes didn't even need a microphone, as his voice was still projected out across the theatre even when he was a few feet away from the mic.

Hughes asked the audience to call out a random number, whereby he read out a paragraph from his new autobiography. Page 29 was the first page he read from, citing a paragraph about his Trapeze guitarist Mel Galley giving a young Hughes advice on how to get lucky with the ladies. Later on, the stories get darker, as he tells about his well-publicised addiction and how, at one time, he suffered a heart attack.


His time in Deep Purple got a quick lookover with 'Holy Man' and 'You Keep On Moving', which Hughes introduced with a perfect Coverdale impersonation.

Although doing the songs in chronological order, the next song was 'From Now On', written some eighteen years after his time in Purple and, although he did make some records (including the Hughes/Thrall album and one with Black Sabbath), I believe this tells you all you need to know about where Hughes' mind was at this time.

Black Country Communion's 'Little Secret' got its debut airing, but the most poignant song was 'I Don't Want To Live That Way Again', showcasing the fact that Hughes today is a very happy man indeed.

This was a magical evening where Glenn Hughes could've happily played all night without any complaints from anyone. A true star and living legend.


It's Only A Dream
Coast To Coast
Will Our Love End
What Is A Womans Role
Holy Man
You Keep On Moving
From Now On
This House
Too Late To Save The World
Little Secret
I Don't Want To Live That Way Again




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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